Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Those who can: do. Those who can't; get lessons. Those who can do and empower others, teach.

Those who can; do. The who can’t...get lessons. Those who can do andempower others: Teach.


My earliest memories were sitting in my Grandfather's house, playing with the instruments he had brought from his travels: Sitars, Bugels and Drums of all varieties. I decided that an single instrument would not support me financially, so - aged eight - I set out to to be a multi-instrumentalist. A broad knowledge of many instruments informs my teaching, although I specialise in teaching, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Composition. I went on to own a multi-purpose teaching facility with tutors employed to assist me in my teaching. Upon moving into the marital home, we decided to focus the tuition at home and online and that is where I now teach. 

In 1993 I began teaching group lessons in school. After leaving school, I began training for the classroom, but I did not feel I could impact the individual in such a large group environment. While maintaining strong links with school curriculum, I began to pursue my career in individual instruction. My home based tuition serves approximately sixty five pupils at a time and my online lessons support many more, as differences in time zones allows me to teach while UK Students are at school. I have taught students in Australia, the Middle East, France, Russia and a variety of locations around the British Isles. I have also taught Home Schooled children, Singing, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums. With such a large cohort of students I offer a variety of syllabuses and qualifications. These are embarked upon at the student's request - rather than the student feeling pushed. This makes for happier and more successful students. 

Lessons are available online. The catchment area where I work as a tutor, covers Banchory, Aboyne, Aberdeen and Stonehaven. With advancements in technology, I am now a teacher in Saudi Arabia, Russia, France, Australia, England and a variety of lessons throughout Scotland. Online lessons are taught person-to-person, in real time. Online Lessons work via video call. At your lesson time, simply sit at your computer with your instrument. I will video call you and the lesson will take place in the comfort of your own home. Due to international time zones, lessons may be scheduled at a time which suits you best. 



My philosophy of teaching is, “Those who can do, those who can’t should get lessons and those who can do and can inspire others, Teach”. My qualifications - MMus, BMus (Hons.), ATCL (Dip.), MISM - support Teaching Methods which do not limit Student progress. While studying for my Teaching Diploma, I studied performance under Peter Stewart from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I later went on to study Composition with Philip Cooke - formerly of Oxford University. During my studies, I covered Music to the highest levels and specialised in the Principles and Practise of Learning and Assessment. As a Performer, I worked with Ceilidh Stomp, before moving to LOKi. My Performance Career has taken me to Open Air Staged events, in front of an audience of 30,000, high quality Venues including the AECC and peaked in 2007 with 144 Performances in that year. I refer to myself as a Teacher of Music, not a Musician who Teaches. The Performance Career was fun, but it always supported my Teaching Practice. 

While experienced as a Performer, my heart is in Teaching and I stopped performing to focus on my Research into the field of Student/Teacher Communication: teaching the way the Student wants to be taught.

Robin's Experience and Style

Robin Thornton - Teacher At a young age, I decided that I wanted to be a Musician. I did not believe that I could support...